Secretary of PA Commonwealth Carol Aichele announced the Department of State PA Forward partnership and library dissemination of voter ID information. “Libraries have always been places Pennsylvanians came to get information important to their lives,” says Aichele. “As focal points of the community, libraries have also long played key roles in Pennsylvania’s civic life, and both these traditions continue with our partnership to help citizens learn about the voter ID law.” The Pennsylvania Department of State, oversees elections and is one of the founding partners of the PA Forward Pennsylvania Libraries initiative. We’re pleased that the Department of State has identified libraries as essential to the success of their upcoming outreach efforts to help Pennsylvania citizens learn about the new voter ID law. Libraries can give citizens of all ages the knowledge and skills they need to enrich their lives, contribute effectively in their communities, and participate in civil discourse.
Libraries have always provided citizens opportunity to contribute effectively in civil discourse. Other organizations, such as the NAACP, also contribute to civil discourse.
Hundreds opposed to Pennsylvania’s voter ID law were in Harrisburg today to protest. The state’s law requiring photo identification at the polls was likened to Jim Crow segregation laws.
Labor unions, the AARP, churches, and other groups rallied for two hours. Jerry Mondesire, president of the state chapter of the NAACP, says the voter ID is like a poll tax — putting one more barrier between people and the polls. Federal authorities to the Pennsylvania State Department have asked the state for a long list of information related to its compliance with federal voting laws. Commonwealth Secretary Carol Aichele spoke to reporters right after the NAACP rally. But, the gathering was closed to the public, so much for civil engagement. ”Focus that energy, go home and find five people who need transportation to a PennDOT driver ID center and take those people to get photo IDs,” she said. See more and video from http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/41913.
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